Monday, October 30, 2006

I must be crazy!!

I just cleaned out my garage and found all the baby stuff. I also found an ENTIRE bin filled with 18 month summer clothes. Uggggggg!!! "T" could have totally used them. I ended up buying him a bunch this summer because I just didn't think we had many for "A". He is 22 months now and it is getting cold out so I just went ahead and packed them back up along with his 18 month clothes that he wears now. What a waste!! If I was more organized I would have known exactly what was in that bin! I've been sorting today, cleaning, and preparing. It just seems like I have so much yet to do.

On the bright side, I get to buy a new baby swing because ours is pretty old and has served it's time. I just love buying new baby accessories. With our first 3 children we could not afford to buy anything so almost everything was hand-me-downs or from my baby showers. I didn't get a baby shower with "T" so we just bought what we needed. I bought my first basinet and changing table and he was baby number 4!! I am pretty prepared with this one. I just had to buy a new car seat because our last one had been through a lot of babies and was just getting rickety. I wanted a new one! I just love little baby outfits. I can't wait to finish sorting through them today to see what I have and what I still need. Maybe I'll get the final things this weekend. We will see.

I really have been trying to be careful today but I just needed to clean out my entire garage. You couldn't even walk through it. I have it swept out and everything back in it's rightful place. I think that is one of the main jobs I do every fall. Clean our garage!! I remember doing it last year the day after Thanksgiving. The kids were so happy to have a place to ride their bikes again. I'm sure the girls will be happy when they get home today because they will be able to play in there.

Do Not Run....

I am reminded of a scripture in D&C 10:4 today which reads: "Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength..." I woke up with one goal in mind. To get my house in order!! I have laundry to do, bathrooms to clean, and I want to get the baby stuff ready and out of the garage. I woke up feeling great. In fact, I didn't have to take any pain meds at all yesterday or last night. My pubic bone felt fine. Well, this morning, after only one load of dishes and one load of laundry I am exhausted!! It's sooo weird because I have this desire to do it all but my body really will not cooperate. Normally it is the other way around and I don't feel like doing chores. I just don't want to go into preterm labor again but I need to get this stuff done. I know that I am the only person who will do it like I want it so I should just do it, right?? I guess I could just take little breaks in between. The only problem with that is that once I am sitting or laying down I usually don't want to get back up. I don't want to have to take any pain meds today, I want to do it on my own!! I want to know if my body is overdoing it by feeling the pain.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

M is for Mullet!


Here is our "M" wearing her dad's Halloween wig. A MULLET!! It's funny because I went to school with kids who had hair just like this. I guess that makes me pretty old. That was in the 70's & 80's.

Her first talk....

"K" wrote her first talk for Primary yesterday. We did not help her at all. Usually "B" will just write it for her and she'll just read it. We put her in charge of it and she did great. She will have 1 minute in the Primary Program and they start practicing next week. Here is what she wrote. I didn't even correct the spelling because she is the only one who will read it.......

"Hi,my name is "K",and I was chosen to give a talk about Jesus Christ.In Alma 5:27it says”Have ye walked,keeping yourselvs blamles before God?Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time,within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble?That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?”Jesus was our savoir ,and I want to share a storie about when I got lost in the pool ,well I was swimming in a twister pool with my cosens.We were play tag in the water then suddenly they were gone.I didn’t know what to do,but then I remembered to say a prayer. Then suddenly I found one of my cosens. She looked so sad. I asked her little quetons every single answer was no. I said,”What happened”? She just ignored me and finally she answered I was so shocked of what she said.She said that my cosen hert her feelings.When I got to see my aunt I was so happy because I got to see my cosens again. I want you to know that Hevenly Father answers our prayers,and Jesus and Hevenly Father will lead us to our path that will make our lives joyfull and in the name of Jesus Christ,Amen."

Can you believe she wrote that all by herself?? I think it is sweet and touching and will help her out in life because this is the first step for formulating her own opinions and ideas. I am so very happy that she is a part of our family!!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Monkeys on the brain!!

I've been doing a little "wink, wink" project tonight that has to do with monkeys and a whole lot of them. They are really cute and I just love to stamp with them!!

Here is a random thought I have. Do you keep crayons that are broke in half and little nubs?? I was just cleaning out my kids crayon/marker drawer and I noticed a bunch of really old crayons that were only like 1 inch long and that didn't even have the wrapper anymore. You know what?? I just tossed them!! I'm sure that it is very wasteful but I also got a bunch of packs for .10 after school started. I don't think I could ever work with a broken crayon. It's like when I hear of someone breaking up their Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I just cringe. It would take all my creativity away from me.

Today when I was at Target I saw sets of Cabbage Patch Kids Newborn baby clothes for $12 a set. I almost grabbed two of them but my girls were with me. Then later when I was at the Dollar Tree they had Newborn baby clothes for $1 each!! I'm sure they won't last as long but I was able to get 3x's as many as I would have at Target. I also got little fleece receiving blankets for each of my kids. Here is what we are doing when we have the baby...... I got each of my kids (even the boys) a newborn baby Cabbage Patch Kid boy. They were tough to find but I got all 4 of them!! I am going to bring them to the hospital with me when I go for my C-section and then when the kids come to visit me and the baby later that day they will all be given their very own newborn baby along with a diaper bag. In the diaper bag I am going to put in these little outfits, some premie baby diapers, the receiving blanket and just some little knick-knack things for babies. I hope this will help them with the transition and just have fun with it. I'm really excited about it!!

Good night everyone!
Well, we got through the book report and now it's on to our 1 minute talk for the Primary Program. I think that she is getting it and will not wait until the last moment next month.

I have just felt GREAT today. I have not even had to take a Tylenol yet. I went grocery shopping, took my kids to the Dollar Tree, and to Target. Now I get to work on some fun stuff for Young Womens. I think I will actually be okay and not have an early baby. Thank goodness. I just need to know my limits.

"M" just went to a birthday party at Pump It Up for a friend in her class. She was so excited and couldn't believe I actually said yes. "B" didn't have to work today so I felt that I could do more things. When "B" has to work on Saturdays I say no to almost everything extra. It is just too much for me to lug all the kids around and worry about everything that goes along with it. "B" only has 3 more Saturdays to work and then he will be with us. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Can I throw a party. He has only been working 2 Saturdays a month for the past 18 months but it has taken a toll on me. When he works on a Saturday I literally get no break at all during the week. I have to take care of the kids for most of the day on Sunday as well, until he gets home from church. It is just a sacrifice we have all had to make and it has been worth it. Today he got to watch football almost uninteruppted. He folded and put away all my many baskets of clean clothes that have been piling up. For some reason I can wash them but putting them away is soooo hard. It just takes so much work!!

I'll update more later. Maybe I'll even have some deep thoughts to add.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Pressures On.....

Why is it that everytime "K" has an assignment at school it seems like she waits until the last minute. At what age do they actually take responsibility and do it themselves?? She has her monthly book report due on Monday and I have bugged her about it for two weeks now. Looks like we will be working on it tomorrow. I want her to understand how important it is in life to do things in advance so you are not stressed out at the last minute. I learned the hard way but it has taught me to be early for everything, including meetings & church. I want my kids to learn these same values. She is only in 3rd grade but I don't want to hold her hand the rest of her life.

Tonight we babysat for some friends so they could go on a date. My friend "R" has babysat for me all week for my appointments, etc. It was the least we could do. I don't mind at all. Her kids are really easy and "A" has someone to run around and play with.

Today I sat and stamped a lot! I am working on making sets of cards for my friends here & some church members. I think I am making around 50 sets of 6 cards this year. I think I am almost done, believe it or not. It's around 300 cards with matching envelopes that I end up making but I just love to stamp so much that I enjoy doing it. Plus, I just love how they love receiving them. I don't know what I will work on once I am done with this project. I have already finished my Christmas cards and birth announcements. I need to work on some journals for the Young Women, too. I guess I will do that next.

What is it about a clean kitchen that can make or break your mood?? I feel soooo good when I keep my kitchen clean. When it is dirty I just feel yucky inside and it makes me not want to clean it. I just finished doing the dishes and now I just need to wipe the counters. I'm sure this is very dull information but it is something I want to remember about me later. This is sort of like my journal now. Of course, I'll leave all the juicy stuff to my real journal but everything else will go on here.

Update...

I tried to update earlier but something happened and it wouldn't post. Here is the 411 on my life since Wednesday.....

Trunk or Treat
I decided to go to our ward party on Wednesday night because I was feeling better. I'm so glad I went. I dressed up as a Hawaiian prego lady with a hula skirt and everything. My hubby dressed as a Hawaiian beach bum. He actually ended up looking like an Oklahoma beach bum because he bought a mullet instead of just surfer hair. It was pretty funny. "K" was Geneivere, "M" was a cheerleader, "A" was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and "T" was a cute little Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. They had so much fun running around the gym and playing the games that were set up.

Thursday
I had my ob appointment in the morning and my doctor said everything looked great. I was only effaced to 25% and not 50% like they told me in the hospital. I guess that makes a little difference. I am still dilated to a 1 but that is pretty normal for someone who has had 4 other pregnancies. He told me that I am not restricted at all. I was hoping that he would tell me that I couldn't do any chores but no such luck!! He said to sit with my feet up twice a day to relax. I choose to sit for 2 hours a day and stamp! That's my therapy.

I am so glad that I can be pretty much back to normal. I can't even imagine being put on bedrest and having 6 weeks left to go. That would be sooo hard. What a blessing!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Should I stay or should I go now????

I'm thinking I might want to go tonight, just to get out of the house. I should be okay if I just don't walk around much and take it easy. I just don't want to miss this with my kids. They are going to have so much fun. I am making some cupcakes right now for our booth. (Really not that much effort!) When DH gets home he has to start the chilli and then he needs to run to the store and get himself a costume and some candy to pass out tonight. I guess you could call us "unprepared" but we've had a long week/weekend.

Officially taking it easy today....

I've decided that I just need to do what the hospital said and just take it easy. I think I did too much yesterday morning and I really paid for it in the afternoon and evening. I just feel really slothful doing nothing. The weather here doesn't help either. It's very overcast and just yucky. I think it might even be raining. I've decided to stay home tonight from our Ward's Trunk or Treat. I just don't feel up to walking around and socializing. I'm keeping my toddler at home because he still is a little stuffy and has a tummy ache. He is such a sweet thing and I've been able to snuggle with him a lot lately. I hope he doesn't feel pushed aside when this baby is born. I love all of my children sooo much. I really hope they know that.

Here are my list of things I need to finish in the next few days......
*Make goodie bags for my girls Fall Party on Friday
*Start preparing my lesson for next Sunday
*Make chili for tonight's chili cookoff
*Remember to have my DH pick up cupcakes for tonight's booth
*Make sure the kids and DH get there early tonight to help set up
*etc.,etc., etc

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Today is a new day!

I'm going to "try" to take it easy today but there are sooo many things that I want to do and get done. It's not like my house is a mess but I just have little projects that are sitting there. I am going to "try" to relax a bit because I don't want my contractions to start again. I'm watching a couple of my friend's children today while she goes to the dentist. They are really easy kids so it is no problem. I really want to get my birth announcements done today but we will see if I even make it up the stairs today.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Feeling Better

Well, it's 10 pm and I am feeling so much better. The contractions really slowed down and now I only have a few an hour. I was even able to sit and design my birth announcements. This has really got me to think about all that I need to do in the next 6 weeks. I JUST ordered some nursing bras today and if I am feeling better this weekend I am going to pull out the baby clothes and wash them. I'm sure I can do that while sitting down. The doctor was more concerned about me picking up my kids than anything. I can still hold them on my lap and I did that a lot tonight. My kids are soooo sweet. I know they are going to be a big help when this little baby gets here in a month and a half.

Good night! Thanks for the kind comments. I will definitely let you come over and help me, Shawna, when I am having a tough day. I am hoping to feel as good as I do tonight for the next 6 weeks!!

Robyn

Bed Rest....

This morning I woke up and still had contractions so I called my doctor. He told me to head on over to labor and delivery to be monitored. When I got there the contrations were pretty regular so they gave me a shot of brethine, and then another shot of it a few hours later. They checked to see if I was dialating or effacing and I am 50% effaced and dialated to a 1. The doctor seems to think everything will be okay so they gave me some more meds and sent me home with restricted rest. I cannot pick up my 22 month old or walk around much. I look around my house and see all that I need to do. I really hope that I can get back to normal soon. I am sooo not ready for an early baby.

That's my update!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Contractions!

Today has seemed like such a long Sunday. I woke up, got ready for church, and then during Sacrament I started having regular strong BH contractions. I was just not myself. I couldn't even bend over and pick up Thomas when he started throwing a fit during the closing song. By the time we got home today they were 5 minutes apart and pretty strong. I wouldn't really call them painful but I did have to stop what I was doing and just focus on them. As soon as I walked in the door I took a mag pill,layed on my left side and grabbed a huge glass of water. I ended up drinking 2 huge glasses of water. We were getting pretty worried. I took a 3 hour nap and now they are much better. I really think I overdid it last night. I need to start just taking it easy. My body isn't the same as it was with my first three pregnancies.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Youth Conference

I just got back from Youth Conference and it is 11:30 pm. It was such a neat experience. A long one, but something that I needed to experience. This evening started with a great speaker then a testimony meeting. Here are a few things I learned from that.....
#1- Do not start your testimony by letting the "ladies know you are single and your name is Clint".
#2 - Do not start your testimony by saying "I just got up here to say what you all were thinking. This is long and it needs to be over".
Youth are soooo funny but their spirit is so strong. I found myself wiping away tears many times. This is the "Strength" of Youth that has been saved for these last days. It almost even seemed like a glow was coming from them when they were up on the stand. (That could also have to do with the fact that I left my glasses in the car.)

This afternoon/evening did not start out the best. My DH was trying to get home on time from Walmart with 2 kids and I had the 2 little ones. We decided to meet at the church and switch cars and kids there. I had to run around frantically putting car seats in his car and doing this & that. I almost put myself in labor. Then, when he got to the church I was trying to help him unload the minivan of groceries into his car when I picked up a bag and everything spilled onto the pavement. The Youth were already loaded in my car (filled with old chicken nuggets) while we were finishing this. It all turned out okay but it is so funny how things can try to take away your happy, good mood.

I took a moment during the dance tonight to sit in the foyer and read my scriptures. I was really struck by a passage in Mormon 9:21 which reads
" Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth."
I had to stop and ponder this for a minute. This is a promise unto all of us, even me. Can I really be that faithful?? I guess that is the goal of everyone here on earth, to get to that point.

Thanks for reading this. I've got an early morning so I'd better get to bed.

Aren't kids great??

My 3 oldest kids are outside making a Christmas play by themselves. I just went and watched a little of it and it is soooo cute. I have the greatest kids in the world. I know that I have been annoyed with them lately but I think that was just me. I get sooo different when I am pregnant. I have no patience with anyone. I am just so thankful that Heavenly Father blessed me by letting me raise these sweet little children. They mean more to me than anything.

Last night we went to the Orr Family Farm to pick our pumkins, go on a hayride, ride the train, pet some animals, and eat kettle corn. We went with a new family that we just met. We had a great time. This is the 3rd year we have gone and it will continue to be a family tradition. I took sooo many great pictures there that I can't wait to scrapbook them. I always love to scrapbook our pumpkin patch pictures.

My pregnancy is going okay. I only have around 6 weeks and 3 days to go. I'm counting every minute. I have severe pubic bone pain that I almost can't stand. I'm on some meds so I hope that will help. My doctor is a little concerned about me because of my contractions a week & a half ago. He called me again yesterday to check on me. I have my next appointment on Thursday so I think I will be okay. I really don't want to go into labor early and I definitely don't want to be put on bed rest. I don't think I could do that with my family. They need me to be alert and I need to be alert.

I am grateful to have started this blog. I'm excited to post regularly and also upload some of my card/scrapbook creations. I made a card for my Aunt Nikki today and a couple other girls I know going through chemo due to breast cancer. It turned out really cute. I also finished all my Christmas cards last night. I made 48 but I only think I will need about 35 of them. I just need to do my birth announcements and a few other projects before baby gets here. I'm getting kind of overwhelmed thinking of all I need to do before he comes to our family. I still need to get the "baby" stuff ready. I don't even know which bins they are in. With my last baby I was prepared 3 months in advance. I need to get on the ball.

My hubby has been so wonderful lately. I am so blessed to have married him. He has to put up with so much from me and I think that after 10 years of marriage he finally knows how to handle me. "Handle With Care". I should have sticker on me when I am pregnant. I'm just a hormonal mess!! He has been telling me everyday how beautiful I am and giving me hugs and kisses. He has never done this with any other pregnancy before and I cannot even tell you how much it means to me. He is helping with the Youth Conference today and when he gets back I am going from 3-11 pm tonight. I don't really feel up to it but it's where I need to be.

Okay, I've rambled on enough. If anyone ever reads this they will probably think I am a bore but I just need to do it for me.

Friday, October 20, 2006

A Long Night Ahead.....
This is my official first post on my blog. I came home from HFPE to find that my oldest daughter got her fingers slammed in the door. We don't know if they are broken yet, we are going to wait until the morning. Then, I was getting ready to go to bed and my 4 yr old wakes up crying. He has a sore throat and a stuffy nose. I finially get him settled down and my 22 month old wakes up crying with a runny nose and stuffy head. He is in MY bed now sleeping right where I should be. I really don't even mind. He is still my baby, at least for 7 more weeks. Thoughts on that. I cannot believe I am going to have a newborn in 7 weeks. Am I really ready?? Can I be a good mom to so many kids?? (The baby just kicked so I guess I have his vote :) ) Last night I was reading about Lehi's vision about the tree of life. There are two separate groups who make it to the tree and hold to the rod of iron but one group falls away and the other group does not. I was reading the two parts and comparing them. They both had a hold of the Rod of Iron (scriptures) BUT the first group was "clinging" it, which means they were dilligent and the second group was holding fast to it. I still need to think about this more and digest it. I don't want to dig too deep but this has really been on my mind lately. I hope I can "hold fast" to the iron rod, too. On Monday Bryan taught our Family Home Evening lesson. He taught the children about the plan of salvation and the 3 degrees of glory. They have sooo many questions. I know that our Father in Heaven sent down the most valiant spirits in these last days. They have sooo much they will need to go through that we cannot even imagine. I hope I can do my part as a mother in Zion to prepare them.